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How Jason Met Robyn

01/04/2012
Jewish Week Online Columnist

The father, Dr. David Kreiner, married a nurse. Their son, Dr. Jason Kreiner, married another physician.  Rites have changed in 37 years.

“I knew I’d marry someone who is hard-working,” says Jason. And indeed Robyn Epstein was working hard when the two met.  In the fall of 2006, Robyn was beginning her first year at Sackler School of Medicine at Tel Aviv University, and Jason was a second-year student.

Jason Kreiner and Robyn Epstein

Golden Prague, Jewish Sites

01/03/2012
Staff Writer

The Czech Republic’s capital is known locally as Golden Prague — and the city contains its share of Jewish gems.

While the city had a Jewish population of 92,000 before World War II, today only 1,500 Jews are registered as members of Prague’s Jewish community, with another estimated 5,000 living there.

Photos By Michael Datikash

Lost And Found Tribe

01/03/2012
Staff Writer

Yochanan Phaltual is the administrator of the 5,000-member Bnei Menashe in the northeastern Indian state of Manipur, a community believed to be one of the 10 Lost Tribes of Israel.

In June, Israel’s Ministry of Immigrant Absorption voted in principle to resume permitting the remaining 7,200 Bnei Menashe in India to make aliyah, but it set no time schedule.

Yochanan Phaltual, leader of the Bnei Menashe community in northeast India.

South By Southwest

01/03/2012
Travel Writer

The first thing you may notice about Tucson is the profusion of flowering plants, blossoming cactus and exotically shaped greenery. “I expected it to be dry and arid, like Phoenix,” commented my mother in surprise.

The DeGrazia Gallery in Tucson, a landmark of Southwestern art, architecture and natural beauty.  Jeri Larson

Look To The Rainbow

01/03/2012
Special To The Jewish Week

It was date-night Saturday night and we were set to spend a rockin’ evening in Rosh Pina.

We even had a car.

Which is another way of saying, when one is visiting relatives in the Galilee, which, however beautiful and verdant, is nonetheless no Tel Aviv, why not hop, skip and jump it over to what was once one of Israel’s oldest Zionist agricultural communities and hang with one’s fellow senior citizens at the Cinematheque?

Abigail Pickus

Interview With Julian Horowitz Of The Maccabeats

Keep the Chanukah spirit alive with this look behind the scenes of a Maccabeats performance.

A Northern Jew In The Heart of Dixie

12/30/2011
Jewish Week Online Columnist

Because my wife works in an academic setting, the end of December is usually a good time for us to get away for a week or so. Synagogue activity tends to slow down then as well because so many people are away.  It is, as I like to call it, a great opportunity to “air out.”

Rabbi Gerald Skolnik is spiritual leader of the Forest Hills Jewish Center.

Cookie Dough-Filled Brownie Cups

Indulge in a delicious, over-the-top confection

12/29/2011
Online Jewish Week Columnist

If you pay attention to my little corner of the internet, you'll notice that I often make things that some other people frown on. Things like tofu. Quinoa. Spinach and lentils. "Healthy" things. Well, this post here is about to undo all of that.

Cookie Dough-Filled Brownie Cups

Truly Welcoming Interfaith Families

12/28/2011
jewish Week Online Columnist

Glancing around the lobby recently, just as Religious School was dismissed, I took note of who was gathered to pick up their children. Some mothers, some fathers, some grandparents – this was not surprising. What was surprising was that many of the parents present were the non-Jewish parent of an interfaith household. These non-Jewish parents were responsible for bringing their Jewish children to and from Religious School on a weekly basis. And, thus, these non-Jewish parents were ensuring the formation of their children’s Jewish identity.

Rabbi Marci N. Bellows
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